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Keeping Up Appearances

British sitcom starring Patricia Routledge

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A Quick Tip by BigToughGully

  • Aug 17, 2010
It's dissapointing to see this listed in the 'British Comedy Connoisseurs' with a rating of less than 1.
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August 17, 2010
I concur. While this has never been one of my favorites, it certainly doesn't deserve a negative rating.
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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
One of my all time favorite shows. Even though the characters are predictable I still laugh so hard and can watch each show over and over.
review by . February 11, 2009
Positively my favorite British sitcom of all time!!
I was first introduced to "Keeping Up Appearances" on my local PBS station about 10 years ago.  This fabulous British comedy series aired on the BBC between 1990 and 1995.  Evidently the series aired sporadically as only 45 episodes of the show were ever made.      "Keeping Up Appearances" stars Patricia Routledge as the consummate snob Hyacinth Bucket   (she insists it be pronounced "Bouquet").   She has been …
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British sitcom has always been fascinated by snobs, but few were ever as monstrous as Hyacinth Bucket (who insists it's pronounced "Bouquet"), the central character in Roy Clarke's Keeping Up Appearances.

Played with aplomb by Patricia Routledge, Hyacinth is a character with few, if any, saving graces. Her pompous, self-serving attitude makes life miserable for all around her.

Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket

Long-suffering husband Richard (Clive Swift) gets the brunt of it, with Hyacinth quick to chastise if he steps out of line ("I don't like you making decisions unilaterally", she tells him).

But there are others in the firing line, including nervous neighbour Elizabeth (Josephine Tewson), her brother Emmett (David Griffin) and Michael the Vicar (Jeremy Gittins).

However, the real ire is reserved for the snob's council estate dwelling sisters: Rose (Shirley Stelfox/Mary Millar) and Daisy (Judy Cornwell).

While the former irks with her man-eating ways, the latter absolutely appalls thanks to her slobbish lifestyle and indolent, scruffy husband Onslow (Geoffrey Hughes).

Geoffrey Hughes and Judy Cornwell

Sofa-bound, unshaven and absolutely unbowed by his harridan of a sister-in-law, he remained Hyacinth's nemesis across the show's five series.

Deeply formulaic, most episodes involved a phone call from Hyacinth's unseen sister Violet (who turns up in the final series played by Anna Dawson), you know, "the one with the Mercedes, sauna, and room for a pony!" and, at some point, a telephone conversation with ...

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Genre: Comedy
Studio: BBC TV
Original Air Date: 1990-1995
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
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